Holiday Kitchen Safety Tips for You

Did you know that more kitchen fires are reported during the holidays than any other time of the year?  Here’s a quick list for you to print out and keep handy during this busy holiday season:

*Supervision is the key. Never leave cooking food on the stovetop unattended and regularly check food cooking inside the oven.

*Get in the zone. Keep children and pets away from the cooking area by creating a 3-foot safety zone around the stove.

*Keep away from the heat. To reduce the chances of bumping pots and pans and spilling their contents, turn panhandles in, but away from hot elements and burners.

*Keep it clean. Keep the cooking area clean and clear of anything that can burn — towels, potholders, drapes, food packaging, etc.

*Roll ’em up. Make it a point to wear short, close-fitting or tightly rolled sleeves when cooking. Loose clothing can dangle onto burners and catch fire.

*Is it too hot to handle? Use thick, dry, flame-resistant potholders when handling lids and pans.

*Keep a cool head. In the event of a range-top fire, put on an oven mitt and smother the flames by turning off the burner and carefully sliding a lid onto the pan. Leave the lid in place until well cooled. Never carry the pan outside.

*Water and grease don’t mix! Never use water or flour on a grease fire.  Doing so can shoot burning grease around the kitchen, actually spreading the fire.

*Use the right tools. If you’re familiar with using a multi-purpose fire extinguisher, keep one handy in the event of a grease fire.

*Prevent flame spread. If you have an oven fire, immediately turn off the heat and keep the door closed to prevent flame spread.

Print this list and share it with your friends and loved ones. We want to help as many people as possible. Be safe and alert to any kitchen dangers and you’ll be sure to enjoy a wonderful holiday season.

IMPORTANT NOTE: As promised in our Thanksgiving email on 11-18-2009, you can win a free turkey! Please comment here and we will randomly select a winner from all of the blogposts on November 23,2009. Good luck!

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